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Robert Wrenn
Robert Bob Wrenn.jpg
Full name Robert Duffield Wrenn
Country  United States
Born September 20, 1873
Highland Park, IL, USA
Died November 21, 1925(1925-11-21) (aged 52)
New York, NY, USA
Retired 1903
Plays Left-handed (1-handed backhand)
Int. Tennis HOF 1955 (member page)
Highest ranking No. 1 (1897, Karoly Mazak)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open W (1893, 1894, 1896, 1897)
Grand Slam Doubles results
US Open W (1895)
Last updated on: September 17, 2012.
Robert "Bob" Wrenn

Robert "Bob" Duffield Wrenn (September 20, 1873 – November 21, 1925) was a former co-World No. 1 left-handed American tennis player, four-time U.S. singles championship winner, and one of the first inductees in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.


Wrenn was born in Highland Park, Illinois. He won his titles in 1893, 1894, 1896 and 1897 (losing out to Fred Hovey in 1895). In 1898, he was serving in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish-American war. He contracted yellow fever while in Cuba.

Wrenn played for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1903 together with his brother George. In the final against the British Isles at the Longwood Cricket Club, Boston, MA they were defeated 1-4 and Wrenn lost both his singles matches against Reginald and Lawrence Doherty as well as the doubles against the Doherty brothers.[2]

He was arrested in 1914 when his car ran over and killed Herbert George Loveday, the choir director of St Mary's Church, in Tuxedo Park, New York.[3]

Wrenn was vice-president of the United States Tennis Association from 1902 until 1911 and president from 1912 until 1915.[4] He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.

Grand Slam record[edit]

U.S. Championships[edit]

  • Singles champion: 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897
  • Singles finalist: 1895
  • Doubles champion: 1895
  • Doubles finalist: 1896

Grand Slam singles finals[edit]

Titles (4)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1893 U.S. Championships United States Fred Hovey 6–4, 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
1894 U.S. Championships (2) United Kingdom Manliff Goodbody 6–8, 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
1896 U.S. Championships (3) United States Fred Hovey 7–5, 3–6, 6–0, 1–6, 6–1
1897 U.S. Championships (4) United Kingdom Wilberforce Eaves 4–6, 8–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–2

Runner-ups (1)[edit]

Year Championship Opponent in Final Score in Final
1895 U.S. Championships Flag of the United States.svg Fred Hovey 6–3, 6–2, 6–4

Grand Slam doubles finals[edit]

Titles (1)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1895 U.S. Championships United States Malcolm Chace United States Clarence Hobart
United States Fred Hovey
7–5, 6–1, 8–6

Runners-up (1)[edit]

Year Championship Partner Opponents Score
1896 U.S. Championships United States Malcolm Chace United States Carr Neel
United States Sam Neel
3-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 1-6

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 25.
  2. ^ "Davis Cup - Profile Robert Wrenn". ITF. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Exonerates R.D. Wrenn". The New York Times. May 21, 1914. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ USTA (1979). Bill Shannon, ed. Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (Rev. and updated 1st ed. ed.). New York: Harper & Row. p. 379. ISBN 0060144785. 

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The Independent

The Independent
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:18:45 -0800

However, Britain's Laurence and Reggie Doherty met the Americans George and Robert Wrenn in the 1903 final. Andy Murray and James Ward will be Britain's singles players, while the Americans sprang a surprise by naming Donald Young as their No 2 ...
News & Observer
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:35:16 -0700

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Rocky Mount Telegram
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:03:45 -0800

Students from Nash Community College's Thirty-Eighth Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy graduated on Jan. 9. The program includes physical and classroom state commission mandated topics and methods of instruction. The training covers subjects ...
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:59:06 -0700

"That's the worst I've seen in 13 years," said Robert Wrenn, 33, a 13-year veteran and one-time captain of the volunteer West Babylon (L.I.) Fire Department. "I've seen some stuff, and the fact that she survived the night amazed me." Jie Xie, 57 ...
The Daily Advance
Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:05:15 -0700

The Food Bank of the Albemarle was the big winner at the Robert Wrenn Classic last year, receiving a check for $21,401. (l-r) Classic chairman Donald Payne, Classic sponsor chairman Johnny Rowe, skins champion Pug Taylor, and Food Bank of the ...
New York Times
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 13:31:54 -0800

“I think this will go on for quite a while,” said Robert Wrenn, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, who taught a course on death and grieving. “I've lived here around 50 years. There will be people here who will never forget this.” Ford ...
Wake Forest University News Center
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 07:07:53 -0700

Other pros included: Jay Haas, Scott Hoch, Bill Andrade, Kyle Reifers, Jay Sigel, Robert Wrenn, Laura Diaz, Morris Hatalsky and John Maginnes, along with basketball star Chris Paul. Simpson's team — he was paired with amateurs John Spanos, Todd ...
The Virginian-Pilot
Sat, 16 Jul 2011 20:05:58 -0700

"You hope you don't make mistakes and I played as good as I can play today." Newsom, a 47-year-old ophthalmologist, is well within reach of the State Open's 72-hole scoring record - 20 under set by Robert Wrenn in 1991 and equaled by Virginia Beach's ...

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